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December 19, 2018

Transnational drug trafficker sentenced to 25 years for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine and for money laundering

SPOKANE, Wash. -  Jese Carillo Casillas, age 33, based out of Kennewick, Wash., was sentenced on Dec. 13, 2018, to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as conspiracy to launder money. Senior United States District Judge Edward F. Shea sentenced Casillas to a 25-year term of imprisonment for his role in the drug conspiracy, to run concurrent to a 15-year term of imprisonment for Casillas’ role in the money laundering conspiracy, to be followed by a 5-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.

December 19, 2018

Dillingham man indicted on federal drug trafficking charges

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Andrew Madison Straley III, 50, of Dillingham, Alaska, was named in the indictment charging him with possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. Straley is currently awaiting a court appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on the federal charge.

December 19, 2018

Anchorage woman, inmate sentenced to over three years for distributing fentanyl in prison

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Dorothy Elizabeth Lantz, 37, of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline, to serve 40 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after previously pleading guilty to three counts of distribution of a controlled substance. The court deferred ruling for 30 days on whether Lantz will also be ordered to pay restitution to the State of Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) for related hospital bills it incurred due to the fentanyl overdoses.

December 3, 2018

Portland nurse charged with drug trafficking

PORTLAND, Ore. – On Nov. 29, 2018, Rene Elene Griffin Nunn, 59, of Vancouver, Washington, made an initial appearance in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo.

November 15, 2018

Anchorage man sentenced for fentanyl trafficking

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sergio Jauna Devoe, 28, of Anchorage, was sentenced on Nov. 14, 2018, by U.S District Judge Timothy M. Burgess, to 10 years in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release for trafficking quantities of fentanyl and methamphetamine intended for distribution. 

November 15, 2018

Anchorage man indicted on federal drug trafficking charges

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Don Deviet Frye, Sr., 53, of Anchorage, was charged today by indictment with attempted possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Frye’s arraignment hearing has been set for Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

November 9, 2018

Washington state based research laboratory and owner indicted for falsifying opioid addiction drug research trials

SPOKANE, Wash.  – Yesterday, a 47-count federal indictment was unsealed against two Richland, Washington based companies, Mid Columbia Research LLC and Zain Research LLC, and their owner, Sami Anwar. The indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, fraudulently obtaining controlled substances, and furnishing false information to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of at least $274,642.80 representing the proceeds of the alleged fraud. 

November 6, 2018

Over 17 tons of prescription drugs collected in the Pacific Northwest during the 16th National Take Back Day

SEATTLE -  With the robust participation of Americans nationwide, DEA and its law enforcement partners have now surpassed its 10 million pound goal and collected nearly 11 million pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications over the course of 16 successful DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back events. During the 16th semiannual event on Oct. 27, DEA and federal, state and local partners disposed of more than 900,000 pounds of prescription medications collected at nearly 6,000 sites across the country.

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